Mom keeps getting urinary tract infections.

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Mom has uit lately about 2 times in the last 3 momths ,she is not incontient,but she does wearDepends pull ups never soils them.
Several years ago she was having renal problems not voiding at all we saw a specialist in that area she wore a cath for at least 5momths until she was able to void in her own.Now she is well hydrates for a woman of 92yrs 40/50 ozs of fluid a day no caffiene products very little medication Plavix ,Lovastatin,Hydrothorizide and the rest vitiams I'm confused where do I go from here

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Adult briefs contain matter after bowel or bladder movements so a person wearing one is at a higher risk of contracting a UTI. Most UTI's are caused by e-coli which is found naturally in the anal area. Try UTI FreedomStrips, they protect the vaginal area from coming in contact with e-coli, especially for patients wearing adult diapers.
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Dear AZcaregiver,

The exact same thing happened to my mother. I found out after she was discharged from the hospital that she had a UTI for almost 6 months based on her behavior. I spoke to her primary care DR about the change in mental status during the six months and nothing was done until I rushed her to the hospital. The hospital DR wanted to put her on lantis and humalog and spent 8 days rising and crashing her diabetes numbers. I advised them that her recent weight loss removed the need for medicine and they ignored me. Her diabetes was managed with diet until she had the UTI. She is better now but it is a dally challenge getting her to exercise stand or walk.

I am relieved to know that she is not alone in having trouble walking after a UTI.

Thanks for sharing,
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My Mom has this difficulty too... We are doing probiotic's and also cranberry pills. We have tried MANY things, Detrol and another medicine for frequency and also macrobid and other antibiotics... I do encourage fluids she loves coconut water, and I get cranberry juice for her NOT cocktail the real juice... MANY times older folks think if they drink to much they will be up all night... However they have to stay hydrated! Mother will take two sips and say she is done! We tried some vaginal cream however she could NOT get that concept bless her heart, she is 86 an has dementia... take care, J
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Stevensmom, give your mom lots of fresh fruit - watermelon, peaches, melons, etc. They have lots of fluid, which is what you want.

If you look on this site for other discussions (in the daily care section) about getting elderly family members to drink more fluids, you'll see lots of good ideas and answers. Just search for "drink more" or "more fluids" and you'll see lots of threads. Good luck!!
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I just happened upon this conversation and could use some help....my mom has constant UTIs. The doctor gives her antibiotics and tells her to drink more water...but she just won't drink the water...doesn't feel thirsty, doesn't remember she is supposed to drink lots of water, whatever reason, when I've been there to visit she only drinks 20-30 ounces a day of orange juice, coffee, sometimes Pepsi, a swallow or two of water.

We tried putting up reminders, she took them down. We bought a pitcher to keep in the fridge, she can't remember what it's for. She isn't incontinent, but does wear pads for leakage.

Does anyone have any advice?
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my mother was having recurrent UTI's , so many hospital visits.. Finally
applied Evalon cream (Vaginal cream) every alternative days. It got stopped her UTI problem but she started getting white discharge .... After discontinuing Evalon cream it stoped... Why can't you try this one ???
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fyi,some utis can be made much worse by cranberry juice.M y mother had a certain strain of e coli which was being sort of fed by it.Not all antibiotics work on all uti bacterias either.We found this out after she had the recuring ones..months of UTIs.Not fun!
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Why don't you guys try giving Pro-biotics. ??? Providac or so...

This is can increase good bacteria in her/his body so that the frequency can be reduced
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FWIW - I discovered that large doses of vitamin D on a regular basis can cause increased UTI's. if by chance your mom is taking a vitamin D supplement, you might consider that as the cause.
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I've had similar experiences as lildeb, where I KNOW she has a UTI but the doctor did not want to give antibiotics until the culture came in (48 hours) and then there was a weekend involved, and then the meds was not called in to the pharmacy, so she did not get any medication for 5 days and it is so important to catch it early... now I have a very good relationship with her primary care physician. I know her so well and I can tell when she's getting a UTI (despite drinking fresh juiced cranberries, bathing daily, changed-toiletted almost every 2 hours during the day) When I suspect a UTI we take a urine sample- I have containers at home- and getting a urine sample from someone who is incontinent isn't easy- run it out for testing and her doctor prescribes some antibiotic right away and then calls back and readjusts meds when the culture comes back if need be. She's been on Nitrofur-MACR 100 mg for 7 days, or Nitrofurantoin MCR 50mg for 10 days usaually. I will ask her doctor about this HIPREX as momof2 spoke of since my mom has UTI almost every 2 months
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